Changing Gear? The 10 Bike Essentials Every Cyclist Needs

Words by Mr Jim Merrett

29 June 2021


The cap

Chapeau! And by that we mean well done. But also nice hat. Cyclists traditionally show their appreciation for the efforts of their peers with a literal or metaphoric doff of the cap. And this colourful panelled example is worthy of a doff in itself. It will keep rain out of your face, but also draw sweat away from your brow. In short: it will keep you cool while, y’know, keeping you cool.


The bag

By now, you’ve probably clocked that riding a bike involves a lot of kit. A rolltop backpack is perfect for stashing gear. Rapha’s take has a durable, water-resistant coated shell, with attachments for lights and locks – plus, a laptop sleeve inside. Reflective tabs and a pink underside improve visibility, while the back panel is designed to keep the wearer cool.

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